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Why America’s Favorite Pottymouth Swore off Meat

Written by PETA | October 13, 2009

Wherever Sarah Silverman goes, she seems to leave a stream of puzzled people in her wake. Are she and longtime beau, Jimmy Kimmel, on or off today? Is she really getting it on with Matt Damon? Is she Tom Selleck’s long-lost sister?


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Sarah Silverman


But there is one thing that Sarah makes very clear: She doesn’t eat meat. In the November 2009 issue of Marie Claire, the comedian/actor said the following:

“When I was 9 or 10 years old, my dad took me over to a neighboring farm to help get stuff for the meal. The farmer, Vic, told me to look at all the turkeys and pick one out. I saw a cute one with a silly walk and cried, ‘Him!’ Before my pointing finger had even dropped to my side, Vic had grabbed the turkey by the neck and slit [the animal’s] throat. Blood and feathers went flying. I had sentenced that turkey to death! Up until then, I didn’t know where meat came from—and I’ve been a vegetarian ever since.”

Consider that the sight of one turkey being killed for Thanksgiving Day dinner years ago was enough to convince Sarah to go vegetarian. Then imagine how you can help lower the body count this Thanksgiving by sharing information about Butterball’s cruelty to millions of turkeys with each and every meat-eater you know.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Adina Hirschmann says:

    I’m sure Sarah knows how much easier it is to keep Kosher and be a vegetarian!

  • Wayne H. says:

    I am not a vegetarian but have been considering it for quite sometime and before I even know of the cruel and inhuman ways animals are killed. I don’t feel in any way compelled to become a vegetarian. Like Carla said “it’s a personal choice.” Finally I’m a little confused why Spencerf would post a comment on a site where the majority is against meat eating and animal cruetly attempting to make a point. It probably would have been more appropriate to post it on McCruelty’s I mean McDonald’s or some other site.

  • Igor says:

    Doug D Like? scientifically plausible please

  • Doug D says:

    SpencerF that’s makes no sense. The consequences of eating vegetables vs. eating meat are like night and day. There is no argument in your statement. What’s sad is that you can’t imagine that.

  • Kara's Mom says:

    My MISTAKE! My apologies to Rex’s Mom. I’m feeling bad about spencerf’s comment.

  • Kara's Mom says:

    …feeling kinda sorry for Rex.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Most vegetarians I know are extremely strong willed people. If the meat eaters in this country started forcing the vegetarians and vegans to eat meat there would probably be the biggest hunger strike the country has ever seen. In the same circumstances I am willing to bet the meat eaters would learn to love vegetables very quickly.

  • Jocelyn says:

    We don’t try to force people to stop eating meat. Its a personal choice and it is important that everyone is informed in what happens during their foods processing. We try to educate people to the dangers these animals are put through and if people are going to eat meat we want the killings to be done in a humane way. Being a vegetarian is seen as “weird” still there is no getting away from the peer pressure put on us everyday. We are constantly told that we should just eat meat. So if anything we are the ones trying to be conformed into societies “norm”

  • carla says:

    Love you Sarah!!

  • Spencerf says:

    It’s so sad that some people can’t just let people be themselves. Vegitarians can’t just no eat meat they have to try to force everyone to live their lifestyles. What would they say if people that enjoyed eating meat tried to force them to stop eating vegtables and just eat meat. Think of all of the whining that would go on then.

  • Rex's Mom says:

    Too bad that other Sarah Palin doesn’t have the same compassion for animals that Sarah Silverman has. Remember when last year around Thanksgiving Palin was talking on tv while turkeys were being slaughtered behind her?

  • Mia says:

    Funny AND smart! She’s pretty great.

  • lynda downie says:

    It’s great to know that one of my favourite comedians has a heart for animals. Keep on keeping on Sarah.

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Children are not by nature cynical or hypocritical and they just naturally love all animals”cute” or not. But as we get older we get better at conveniently shelving to the dark recesses of our minds the horrors that animals used for food have to endure. Sarah’s turkey provided her epiphanya trip to the local slaughterhouse would do the same for most of the rest of us.